Attachment Theory, Foster Parents and Diversity Tolerance
Kenny, Michael and Fleming, Ted (2009) Attachment Theory, Foster Parents and Diversity Tolerance. In: IFCO Conference, July 2009, Dublin.
relevance to attachment within the biological and foster family. Yet every foster parent has a childhood attachment history that influences their interpersonal relationships in adulthood. The primary concern of the foster parent and their supports is with the foster child. But as a result the foster parent may distract or block reflection on their own attachment history. This presentation will focus on attachment theory and the adult, with particular reference to the foster parent. The presentation will firstly explore attributes of attachment theory relating to adulthood. The presentation will then explore how the interpretation of attachment in adulthood may influence tolerance of foster parents for diversity. The presentation will draw on literature on attachment theory and its projection onto adulthood. The presentation will then drawn the experience of foster parents and their struggles in attachment building relationships with the significant others who exhibit diversity.
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